Youth of the Year is approaching and as we get closer to the date of the event, the more work there is to do.  I have spent the last  few days assisting the competitors for the  judging session that will take place on February 11, 2014. In doing so, we were able to take the four finalists to Kohl’s Department store for a styling session. Each finalist was able to pick one outfit for the judging session and one for the event in March.  Later we interviewed the kids for a segment that will air on WTVM and at the event itself. The footage from the interview will be aired during the event to allow the audience to gain more knowledge on each contestant. On Monday afternoon I also sent out our first new release regarding the event. Since then we have received positive feedback from our community supporters and media contacts. In addition, I have continued to update our Facebook page by posting current events that are taking place at our five clubs in the Columbus region.

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It is also a pleasure to look back on my blogs from last Spring and see the major strides BGCCV has made.  From the update of our Website, Facebook page and the direction of Youth of the Year, its really great to know that I have been apart of this great transition period.


Cory Veal – Accomplished

This week at the Boys & Girls Club I received great news. I was informed my first news release was picked up by the Ledger Enquirer. Not only was it picked up, it made it to the the Sunday paper on the second page! The news release was centered around the Youth of the Year announcement and the young lady’s advancement to compete in Atlanta.  I am very proud and hope to send out another news release soon.


 I feel I have a learned a lot so far in both my internships. While at the Boys & Girls Club I am experiencing a lot of PR work and at the NPACE center  a lot of media production. We are winding down to the last month of school for this semester and I hope my internships continues to help me grow professionally.

Cory Veal – It’s just the beginning

This is the end of my second week at both my internships,  and boy has it been an exciting week.

This week at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley I was officially assigned the task of helping with the preparation of the Youth of the Year Ceremony. As an alumni, I know how important this is and what all goes into being selected and being a part of the event, so this is beyond exciting for me.


The Youth of the Year is a large event  that takes place each annually. Local clubs select children between the ages of 14-18 to be the youth of the year. Once selected they are entered in the state competition. If the child wins the state competition they will receive a $1,000 scholarship and then participate in the regional competition. Then five regional winners will be selected and win a $10,000 scholarship, and then compete at the national level. Once the national winner is selected they will win an additional $50,000 and be installed by the president. So as you can see, this is a lot of money to win for scholarships and is an important event to the organization. Therefore, I feel lucky to be a part of the team coordinating Columbus’ Youth of the Year Ceremony this year!

As for the NPACE center, I had a very exciting week as well. Coming from a television background I don’t know much about radio, but I was thrown into the fire. This week I had to interview Jim Martin from PMB Broadcasting and it was a true pleasure. He was very easy going and gave us a lot of good material for the NPACE center launch.

I also worked along Zach Jamieson, who was very helpful in assisting me with my first radio interview and I really enjoyed myself.  He showed me around the station and introduced me to all the radio personalities. Everyone was very nice and welcoming, so it made things run much smoother than I thought.


So, I had a pretty exciting week and I can’t wait til more exciting things are thrown my way!             .